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The  history  of  a  new  era  in  flexible  workplaces 


Once upon a time...

In the past, flexible offices were, well, there is no other way to put it, dull and boring. Desks placed in white cubes, with a computer and a chair, were called ‘an office’. And maybe, if you were lucky, there was a painting on the wall. It all began when Eduard Schaepman and Jasper Bekkering walked into these cubes. The duo felt the same: this can be done differently. At the time they didn’t knew, but this was the start of a whole new flexible offices era.

Inspired by the past of his own nomadic family, Eduard dove into nomadic behavior. He learned about indigenous nomadic tribes, and wanted to share their wisdom and beauty with the world. They combined it with a great place to work, and that's how Tribes Inspiring Workplaces was born: a place where Business Nomads can work, meet and connect in an inspiring environment. Wherever the business takes them. Ever since, Jasper and Eduard have passed several milestones: follow their journey! 


February 2015

The Tribes concept was launched and the world learnt about our inspiring workplaces for the first time!

First location!

May 2015

The very first location of Tribes opened in Eindhoven with the hero-tribe the Masai.

Beach office

August 2015

The mind needs to travel to be creative... So Tribes built an office at the beach in Knokke, Belgium. Complete with everything you need to work: WiFi, plug&play ICT, cocktails... 

Tribes goes to Belgium

December 2015

Tribes opened the first location abroad! Tribes Brussels City Centre was opened on the Avenue Louise, and Chief Eduard arrived per reindeer.

Best National Flexible Workplace

December 2015

Tribes won the award for 'Best National Flexible Workplace'! Our concept was overall rated 5 starts, with the best services, the greatest coffee and off course the most inspiring atmosphere!


September 2016

Another milestone: we've opened our first location in the Dutch Capital city in 2016. Many will follow...

Tribes Pictures presents: Nomads in Kyrgyzstan

December 2016

Tribes opened the 4th location in Amsterdam with the hero-tribe the Kyrgyz. A tribe that CEO Eduard Schaepman visited hisself. Tribes Pictures presented a movie of that trip!

Gordon and Eduard Schaepman collaborate!

December 2016

Tribes and Gordon's Blushing go into partnership for Tribes' Rotterdam Coolsingel location.

Most Stylish Coworking Space In The World

April 2017

Tribes Inspiring Workplaces has been voted the world's most stylish Coworking Space by lifestyle magazine 'Luxury For Men'.

First House of Tribes Café

May 2017

Jones Brothers Coffee Company opens its first House of Tribes café in Tribes The Hague Central Station. 

Best National Flexible Workspace 

December 2017

Tribes was voted 'Best National Flexible Workplace' again! Being a winner two times in a row (there was no 2016 edition) must mean something, right?

Tribes goes to Germany

February 2018

The first German Tribes location was opened in Dusseldorf, on the Graf-Adolf-Platz. 

Coworkers Choice Award

April 2018

Tribes received the Coworkers Choice Award 2018! Users of the platform decided Tribes was one of the best coworking places in the world!

Tribes Pictures presents: the Kingdom of Women

October 2018

Before the opening of Tribes' 23rd  location in Amsterdam with the hero-tribe the Mosuo, Tribes Pictures presented the documentary of the trip that Eduard Schaepman made to the tribe. 

Kingdom of Women

November 2018 

The seventh Amsterdam Tribes location is a special one: it's the Kingdom of Woman in the Netherlands! The location is inspired by the Mosuo and it's inside a national monument: Raamplein 1. 

Scale-up of the Year

March 2019

The flexible office concept Tribes Inspiring Workplaces has been nominated by Dutch Marketing Awards as Scale Up of the Year 2019.

Coworkers Choice Award

July 2019

Tribes received the Coworkers Choice Award 2019! Users of the platform decided Tribes was one of the best coworking places in the world!


November 2019

The first expansion in Frankfurt was for Tribes Frankfurt Garden Tower. Our community grows with an extra floor of 650 sq. m!


January 2020

The first expansion in Amsterdam, on the South Axis! Tribes Amsterdam SOM got an entire extra floor of 850 sq. m!


February 2020

The second expansion in Amsterdam, right in the city center. Tribes Amsterdam Raamplein got expanded with the entire outbuilding of 300 sq. m! 

Webinar Rooms

March 2020

We opened our Webinar Rooms, together with media technologie company NEP. A super professional way to communicate with your team, clients or board members. 

Blue Zone Offices

April 2020

We've launched Blue Zone Offices: locations with 1.5M safe zones and services to boost your immune system: a sport room, a rest room and a vending machine with vitamins and more!

Private Floors 

May 2020

We've introduced Private Floors: private office space for larger groups. Completely tailor-made in accordance with one's corporate identity.


September 2020

Tribes Frankfurt Marienhof is the third location in the financial heart of Germany. The new location offers 1958m2 of inspiring workplaces!


June 2021

Tribes Amsterdam Amstel gets another 2.131m2 of inspiring workplaces, making it the largest Tribes location ever. 

What's next?


No one knows... but one thing is for sure: Jasper and Eduard will build a worldwide network of Tribes locations! 




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